Defractionator measuring 66 metres shipped to India
First heavy-lift challenge after conversion in Bremerhaven for MV “Beluga Intonation”.
A rig to refine crude oil, a so-called defractionator, was transported by MV “Beluga Intonation” from Avilés, Spain to Sikka in India between October 10 and 27, 2007. Only a week before the beginning of the project, the multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier had left the MWB shipyard in Bremerhaven. There, the vessel had been lengthened by 28 metres and provided with stronger crane gear being able to lift up to 700 tons. By loading the defractionator weighing 300 tons and measuring 66 metres in length on October 9, 2007 the cranes and the as well upgraded anti-heeling system could prove their capabilities.
After lifting and lashing the valuable rig on the weather deck MV “Beluga Intonation” set sail for her voyage of 10,500 kilometres trough the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal to India. In the port of destination Sikka the next challenge awaited Captain Tambek Jakson and his crew: With the help of the cranes of MV “Beluga Intonation”, the defractionator for the Jamnagar Refinery Project was to be discharged not to the pier but a barge alongside the vessel. Wind and swell in the harbour demanded all the skills of the Beluga team to successfully conclude the operation. Cargo Superintendent Johan van der Velde who was supervising the loading and discharge on site, expressed his contentment: “Once again we could prove our know-how and our experience with projects of such dimensions.”
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